Ultimate Queenstown Adventure

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The desire to travel is calling, take a trip across the ditch to your friendly neighbours in New Zealand for the ultimate holiday. Queenstown is an adventure playground home to adrenaline activities, incredible sights & winter sports. Test out your abilities with bungy jumping, white water rafting, sky diving, jet boating and more or if thrill seeking is not for you, explore slightly calmer activities like hiking, bike riding, wine tours, boat cruises & wellness activities.

Top 10 Experiences:

  1. Skyline Gondola

Discover Queenstown from above in New Zealand’s steepest gondola, with Skyline Gondola’s be amazed by the stunning views and landscapes from 450 metres in the air. Once you reach the top enjoy panoramic views, a drink at the bar, a delicious lunch or even take a thrilling luge ride as you zoom through an 800m track.

  1. Onsen hot pools

Unwind & relax at the Onsen hot pools, providing you with the opportunity to experience their boutique retreat & day spa. Situated amongst the cliffs enjoy the breath-taking views of Shotover River whist indulging in a complimentary snack & drink. The Onson hot pools can be accessed during the day or by night, followed by a professional face or body massage.

  1. Bungy Jump

Embrace your heart pounding and legs shaking as you bungee jump, zip swing or tandem swing off Kawarau Bridge the worlds first bungy jump dating back to 1988. With a variety of thrill-seeking options for ages 10 years and above, there is something for every budget. Go home raving about your experience as this is a once and a lifetime opportunity.

  1. Helicopter Tour

Embark on a journey through remarkable landscapes taking in the scenery of Milford Sounds, Alpine Lakes, mountain ranges, lush rainforests & the Divide. Do not forget your camera on this experience as the views are spectacular of Queenstown & its surrounds.

  1. 4WD into the movies

Recreate the award-winning movie the Lord of The Rings at some of the spectacular movie sets situated in Queenstown’s country region. With small group tours suitable for all ages, four-wheel drive through the valleys taking in the history, scenery, props and costumes.

  1. Milford Sound day cruise

Get up close to Milford Sounds, a unique wilderness area apart of the Fiordland National Park just a short drive from Queenstown. Take a day cruise for excellent viewing opportunities of the lush waterfalls, glaciers & cliffs, all from the comfort of the vessel’s observation lounge or viewing deck. Depending on the time of year you can even spot remarkable wildlife such as seals, penguins & dolphins.

Photo: Milford Sound, New Zealand
  1. White water rafting

Still searching for extra thrills & adventure, white water raft your way down the famous Shotover River taking in the rugged landscape of the beautiful Skippers Canyon. Tackle 6 rapids before you enter the tunnel of darkness to than drop into a cascade rapid to finish off. Never experienced white water rafting before? Fear no more as Queenstown has a variety of calm waters to thundering rapids to suit everyone.

  1. Jet Boating

Surround yourself in Queenstown’s picturesque canyons as your driver puts the acceleration to the max, with high speed spins and turns the Shotover Jet is the most exhilarating adventure like no other. Hold on tight and enjoy the combination of scenery & high thrill adventure.

  1. Skiing/Snowboarding

Home to the best ski fields in New Zealand, Queenstown offers 4 spectacular ski fields showcasing quality snow and ski resorts. Perfect for all ages and abilities enjoy an unforgettable holiday amongst the snowy mountain ranges between June & October. Hire your ski gear in downtown Queenstown for easy access to shops, dinning, ski passes and more.

  1. Wine Tour

Eat & drink your way around Gibbston Valley Winery by taste testing premium wines, touring the largest wine cave and bistro-style restaurant. Gibbston Valley Winery offers you the experience to learn facts about the cave, hire a bike, relax at the lodge & spa, or taste the award-winning wines. A daily shuttle service is also available to & from Queenstown and Gibbston Valley for your convenience.

Photo: The Remarkables Ski Area Queenstown, New Zealand

Where to Eat & Drink:

Queenstown presents some of the best cafés, restaurants, bars & take-away joints in New Zealand paired with its bustling nightlife.

  • Ferg Burger & Bakery – Ferg will leave your mouth watering as you try their renowned burgers or something sweet from their incredible bakery.
  • The Exchange – One of the best places to eat a delicious breakfast & brewed coffee. If you drink skim milk in New Zealand, they call this trim milk.
  • The Brazz – Ideal for budget conscious travellers, a must is their $10 NZD for big breakfast special.
  • The Bunker (Bar) – A cosy bar, perfect in the winter months with their indoor fireplace and outdoor fire pits as well in the summer months. With a great selection of cocktails, beers & wines the Bunker is an ideal venue to listen to the live music and enjoy the food & drinks.
  • Speights Ale House – Pub style food, great for casual evening dinner & drinks.
  • The 1876 – Pub style food, perfect for lunch, dinner & drinks.
  • Pier Restaurant – Located on the wharf of Queenstown, enjoy fresh and tasty seafood
  • The Cow Restaurant – A petite & authentic Italian Restaurant with delicious food. Booking in advanced is recommended.

Top Tips:

  • A great way to get around Queenstown is either hire car with Budget or Avis car companies or if you do not feel confident driving, Queenstown’s local bus transport is easy and efficient.
  • Pack warm clothes as the evening can get quite cool.
  • The currency in Queenstown is New Zealand Dollar (NZD).
  • Queenstown’s town centre is quite small & flat however it is surrounded by mountains, ensure when booking accommodation to book in the town centre close to the food precinct, nightlife & tour pick up points.
  • Pre booking tours Is a must especially in the popular months of travel or at least booking the tours on the first day of arrival to secure a spot.
Photo: Kawarau Bridge Queenstown, New Zealand

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